Cllr Shane P O'Reilly Runs for Re-Election in Cavan Local Elections

Cllr Shane P O'Reilly, an Independent candidate, runs for re-election in the Ballyjamesduff Municipal District, Cavan County Council local elections on June 7, 2024. O'Reilly, a former Fianna Fáil member, campaigns on his track record and accessibility to constituents.

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Cllr Shane P O'Reilly Runs for Re-Election in Cavan Local Elections

Cllr Shane P O'Reilly Runs for Re-Election in Cavan Local Elections

Cllr Shane P O'Reilly, an Independent candidate, is running for re-election in the Ballyjamesduff Municipal District, Cavan County Council local elections on June 7, 2024. O'Reilly, who has been a local area representative since 2004, was previously a member of Fianna Fáil until parting ways with the party in 2020. He is now a member of Independent Ireland.

O'Reilly, who is married to Alisha and has five children, faces nine other candidates vying for seats in the Ballyjamesduff Municipal District. Key issues in the election include housing supply, immigration, and the condition of roads, with the need for more funding being a dominant concern in the electoral area.

Why this matters: The outcome of this local election can have a ripple effect on national politics, influencing the balance of power and policy decisions in Ireland. Moreover, the election's focus on pressing issues like housing and immigration reflects the concerns of citizens across the country, making it a bellwether for broader political trends.

On housing, O'Reilly believes addressing supply involves social housing, private housing, and the rental market. "I believe the government ministers took their eye off the ball and I have called three times for Roderic O'Gorman to resign," he said regarding the government's handling of immigration. O'Reilly thinks Ireland has taken in too many refugees and "We here in Ireland have done our bit."

While welcoming the €1.2M injection from Minister Heather Humphreys under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) for roads, O'Reilly believes more funding is needed. He also stated, "I believe the Greens have given the two fingers to rural Ireland and the sooner there is a general election, the better!" regarding the Green agenda.

O'Reilly, a funeral director, believes his job has made him an empathic person. He cites the late Jude Daly, who instilled in him a belief that he could run for office, and Albert Reynolds, whom he believes was underrated in his efforts to bring peace to Ireland, as key influences. In his free time, O'Reilly enjoys football and is involved with his local club, Cuchulainns.

O'Reilly's candidacy as an Independent is likely to retain a chunk of the vote in east Cavan, which may impact Fianna Fáil's chances of winning seats. The party won three seats in the district last time but is only running two candidates in this election. While Cllr Philip Brady is unlikely to lose his seat, newcomer Nathan Galligan will face a challenge in winning a second Fianna Fáil seat.

As the June 7 election approaches, Cllr Shane P O'Reilly is campaigning on his track record and accessibility to constituents. "I'm facing into my fifth election and was a Fianna Fáil councillor for 16 years. We parted company in 2020 but I have a proven track record of delivery. I believe I'm accessible and, most of all, I care about people and my community,"O'Reilly stated. The outcome will determine if voters in the Ballyjamesduff Municipal District choose to re-elect the experienced Independent candidate to continue representing their interests on the Cavan County Council.